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The Police Exam - How To Get Hired Faster

Sergeant George Godoy

Use good judgment and common sense, as well as the information provided in the question, to answer the following questions.

1. Officer Bettis has arrived at the scene of a family disturbance. Two other officers are in the front yard of the residence, fighting with family members. Officer Bettis pulls out his departmentally approved baton and runs up to help one of the officers. A woman steps up and swings a broken beer bottle at Officer Bettis’s head. What should he do next?

A. Try to snatch the beer bottle out of her hand and hope he doesn’t get cut.

B. Strike her in a departmentally approved target area so she will drop the bottle.

C. Immediately call for more backup.

D. Dodge her blows and continue on to help the officer being attacked.


The correct answer is B. Police officers are required to subdue combative suspects as quickly and safely as possible. If Officer Bettis is in a situation where the baton is an approved weapon and he or other officers are in physical danger, he should use his baton. The situation does not change because the attacker is female. No other option is safe or feasible.

Officers who use pepper spray to disperse a crowd should do the following:

1. Warn other officers that pepper spray is about to be deployed.

2. Order the crowd to disperse.

3. Take a position upwind of the crowd.

4. Direct the spray into the crowd while continuing to order them to disperse.

5. Provide first aid to anyone who is overcome by the spray.

2. Officers Brady, Dion, and Rodriguez are called to the scene of a large fight in front of Omar’s Grill. When they arrive, they see around 15 adult males bunched up in the parking lot punching each other. Officer Dion pulls out his canister of pepper spray. What should he do next?

A. Order the crowd to stop fighting.

B. Warn the other two officers that he’s about to spray the crowd.

C. Warn the crowd that he has pepper spray.

D. Stand downwind of the crowd before spraying.


The correct answer is B. According to step 1 in the procedure, the officer should warn the other officers before he takes further action. The officer does want the crowd to stop fighting and will order them to do so, but choice A is step 2. Choice C is not listed as a step, and choice D is not a good answer because the officer will always want to be upwind of pepper spray, not downwind.

3. Officers Perez and Navarro arrive at City Hall to find a mob rocking Mayor Dickson’s car back and forth in the street. Officer Navarro shouts to Officer Perez that he is going to use his pepper spray. What should he do next?

A. Stand downwind of the crowd.

B. Shout to the crowd to disperse.

C. Warn the crowd that pepper spray is about to be deployed.

D. Stand upwind of the crowd before using the spray.


The correct answer is B. The officer has already taken step 1, having warned his partner that he is about to use the spray. Step 2 is to order the crowd to disperse.

So, how did you do? Did any of the answers surprise you? Did you learn anything?

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    about 3 years ago


    Thanks for the nice comments. To fully understand what the police selection process involves and what it doesn't visit:

  • Stopsign_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Pretty interesting read. Thanks for the tips sir. I'd also recommend investing in a police exam study guide as you prepare for your test. They are not expensive at all. In fact, if you have zero dollar I'd suggest going to your local library and getting one there. However if you want a quality guide right this minute, I'd suggest downloading one at

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Interesting read, I feel it's important to know about these things.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    how about for illinois?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    If you live in the Connecticut area try . They offer 2 day seminars on getting hired, practice written and oral tests, etc. You'll be taught by real cops too, not some want-to-be from an online only source. Very informative course!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Great read! However I would take it a step forward and instruct candidates to visit their local library to get a police exam study guide. The downside is sometimes local libraries have outdated police exam books. rule of thumb if they are older then 2005, the book is outdated. I'd suggest visiting to download a guide there if you are able. Hands down the best law enforcement guide on the internet.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Good point Sir, I'll work on that, anything else Sir?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    good advice but my problem has been the oral board if you want to be a cop learn to talk about yourself on top of the other stuff.

  • Beth_spic_s_059_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    Just get the complete police officer exam book , and going to start appliction in my area . All so it have the instantly scored online practice test to see what my scored be ,with the study book i hope to boost my overall score to guarantee success wise me ..... LUCK !

  • Newpolice5_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I am waiting for the Pittsburgh Police exam to open up.

  • 9_11_01_max600_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    thank you

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    I've passed the NPOST, and I'm working on my physical agility for that test. Hopefully I'm ready when they send out the test dates. I want to be a top performer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    So I passed the MA State/Local Police Exam with a 96. What do I do now?

  • Pics_5_031_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Hey officer Forestal my name is Marcus and i'm trying my hardest to pass the police exam, but i need the right study guide could you please help me. I,m taking a test for Ottumwa Police dept in Iowa.

    thanks Marcus Cottrell

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    practice practice practice

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